CAIFA was founded eight years ago with the goal of becoming a “community in unity,” said Dixie Leavitt, a member of CAIFA.
“We’re united, all of us,” Leavitt said. “All of us want to be good citizens, to be in a country that … is devoted to God.”
“A National Day of Prayer has been designated as the first Thursday in the month of May,” he added. “Each year at the university, we ask people of different faiths to offer prayers, along with a keynote speaker who will deliver a wonderful message.”
This year’s National Day of Prayer program will begin with a welcome by CAIFA President Stanley Shakespeare, followed by an invocation and breakfast. Village Voices, comprised of Danny Hansen, Melissa Leavitt, Alisha Sevy, Melissa Wright, Charlene Greenhalgh, Kimberly Sanders, Tristan Gulley, Nathan Merrill, Carl Sevy, Brandon Stone, Dee Rich, and Jacob Richter, will provide musical numbers throughout the program.
Dane O. Leavitt, from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be the guest speaker at the program. His remarks will be followed by four prayers on the subject of Faith, Family, Community in Unity, and Nation and Freedom, offered by Father Lee Montgomery, of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Ruth Kinney, of Community Presbyterian Church, Ron Webber, of Trinity Lutheran Church, and Jerry Van Iwaarden, of Westview Christian Church, respectively.
The event will close with attendees singing “God Bless America” followed by a benediction offered by Elder Eric J. Schmutz, Area Seventy, 5th Quorum, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
“People enjoy coming together and mixing with people of all faiths and religions, where we, in turn, really do become a community in unity,” Leavitt said of the event. “That’s the purpose of it. Our interfaith alliance (has) filled, what I think to be, a real purpose in this valley.”
The community is invited to attend the National Day of Prayer event, though it may be standing room only, and the breakfast is reserved only for those who have reserved a ticket. CAIFA would like to thank Southern Utah University and SUU President Scott L. Wyatt for their help with the program.